2021-22 Defending Democracy Fellowship

  • Internship
  • Remote

Website WStatesCenter Western States Center

Western States Center is pleased to open applications for the 2021 Defending Democracy fellowship program. The program is designed for organizers to gain tools to counter white nationalism and other organized bigoted movements, build peer-to-peer relationships, and sharpen their visions of a democracy where all people can live, love, and work free from fear.

Fellows will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the white nationalist movement and its “alt-right” coalition—forces that seek to limit the rights of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, queer and trans folks, women, immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to racial and gender justice, some experience in community organizing, and an interest in engaging in anti-hate work.

During this year’s fellowship, fellows will be embedded within Western States Center’s programmatic work gaining hands-on experience in countering organized bigotry. Fellows’ work may include, for instance, supporting local community organizing against white nationalism, contributing to trainings for community and institutional leaders, drafting communications, and online monitoring of white nationalist and far-right groups. Fellows will also have the opportunity to hear from and connect directly with national and local leaders in this work through a monthly lecture series.

The fellowship will launch on September 7, 2021 and will end on March 25, 2022.


Priority will be given to applicants with affiliations to grassroots justice organizations within the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States region, but applications from across the U.S. are welcome.

Ability to commit to weekly fellowship supervision meetings to be held weekly on Wednesdays at 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET and the monthly lecture series, which will be held the second Tuesday of every month at 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET.

Ability to commit to 16 hours of work for Western States Center per week during normal Pacific or Eastern Time business hours.

A demonstrated commitment to racial and gender justice.

Enthusiasm about creative approaches to countering white nationalism and approaches that build broad coalitions to manage the white nationalist movement and defend democracy.

Attention to detail and excitement about the nitty-gritty work of organizing and monitoring.


Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $1,100 based on 16 hours of work per week for a total of $7,700 for the fellowship. All fellows will also receive waived registration at Western States Center’s biennial Activists Mobilizing for Power (AMP) Conference, which will be held virtually in fall 2021.

To apply:

Please submit your resume and a work sample of your choice along with the answers to application questions at this link. The application deadline is August 23rd.


About us:

Based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy. For over 30 years, our work has advanced social, racial, and economic justice by convening, developing, organizing, and supporting the communities most affected by inequities. We’ve played a catalytic role, working with community partners to build people-centered movements, develop new leaders, and shift culture – with our eyes on the prize of an inclusive democracy where people can live, love, and work free from bigotry and fear.


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